Apple Pie Smoothie

Wow! I’m doing a happy dance just thinking about this apple pie smoothie. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and it’s GREAT. Anytime you have that many “-free”s in a recipe, I’m doubtful. But I will happily drink this anytime. In fact, I drank the whole batch. (Uh huh, no self control.) 

“Apple Pie in a Glass” is what my friend Tess Masters calls it; the recipe is from her fabulous new cookbook The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes. So, what’s in it that makes it taste so good? Applesauce for the apple flavor. Almond milk for the base. Raw cashews for body and to mimic the taste of apple pie crust. Dates for sweetness. Vanilla just because. And ice. It does taste like apple pie, but in a smoothie form and without the guilt.

Apple Pie Smoothie on Simply Recipes

The Blender Girl cookbook is filled with recipes like this one—creative, healthy, and delicious. More than just smoothies, there are tacos, chiles, soups, salsas, salads and puddings too. All making good use of a blender, and all gluten-free and vegan.

Tess bounced into my kitchen one day for a pie making class. She quickly charmed my father who calls her, “the Australian force of nature”. And that she is! No surprise that her book is as fun, bubbly, and beautiful as she is.


Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2.


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or stewed apples
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 chopped, pitted dates, soaked in water for 1/2 hour OR 2 Tbsp maple syrup*
  • 1 cup ice cubes

*Use dates if using a high speed blender such as a Vitamix, otherwise use maple syrup.


Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.

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Recipe from The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes, by Tess Masters.Republished with permission of the author.


Tess catching a laugh in Elise's kitchen.


  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmm loving the sounds of this smoothie! Yum!

  2. Stephanie

    I have been in a smoothie rut and I will be running out to the store to buy applesauce and cashews asap!

  3. Tess Masters

    Oh, Elise, thankyou for that lovely post about me, and book, and the recipe. I hadn’t seen that photo at our pie making class. Oh, what an amazing, magical day that was….You are just the best. Love to you and your beautiful dad. You know I have a soft spot for him…..and you. xxxx

  4. Joshua Hampton

    Oh wow. This looks amazing. Great for a quick breakfast too.

  5. Elizabeth DiBurro

    This smoothie sounds delicious! We have nut allergies so I’m going to substitute sunflower seeds for the cashews and rice milk for the almond milk. I’m hoping for similar results.
    Thank you for sharing! :)

    • Elise

      Hi Elizabeth, oh, that sounds good! Please let us know how it turns out for you.

    • The Blender Girl

      Elizabeth – hemp seeds work really well in this smoothie with soy or rice milk. Yes please share what you did. It is so helpful for the food allergic community. Thanks!

  6. Lisa

    Sounds divine… I am allergic to cashews however. Would almonds suffice? Any other suggestions?

    • Elise

      Hi Lisa, it might work. If you use almonds, use the blanched kind. The skins can be rather bitter.

      • Lisa

        Good to know… Thanks for the tip Elise!

        • The Blender Girl

          Lisa – yes, as Elise said, blanched almonds work really well in this smoothie. Whole almonds make it too gritty. Raw, unsalted macadamias also work really well. Enjoy

  7. fabiola@notjustbaked

    I had the pleasure of having dinner with Tess last year and I just love her, we got along so well! Feisty comes to mind:). I can’t wait to try this! Her book is absolutely beautiful.

  8. The Blender Girl

    Oh, I LOVED that dinner. I am a fan of YOU. xxxx

  9. Rachel

    I am defidently going to try this!

  10. Ramya

    smoothie is my favourite one.This on ewith apple is so tasty and yummy.I’ll definitely try this.

  11. deanne

    This recipe sounded delicious. I followed the recipe although without soaking the dates prior to adding them to my blender. My husband and I both found the taste to be unappealing with no apple pie flavor but sort of an earthy quality.
    I’ll stick to making the berry smoothies.

  12. Jen

    Yumm! This is good :) I just tried the maple syrup version and I really liked it! Next time I’ll try macadamia nuts though, since I like them better than cashews. Oh, and I added some vanilla ice cream :)

  13. tyler s

    This is the I love to have it after my workouts

  14. Gabrielle Maston

    I never thought about using cashews in a smoothie, could you use almonds instead? It sounds energy packed, awesome post running with all the carbs :)

    • Elise

      Yes, you can use almonds, though I would use blanched almonds, removed of their slightly bitter skins, and soak them first.

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